Rubber Band Powered Magic Flying Butterflies

Looking for a gift idea that will delight and surprise? The rubber band powered magic flying butterflies will do just that!

It’s easy peasy to wind up the rubber band on the butterfly and gently place it in a greeting card or book. When it is opened, out flies a butterfly!

A Smile Will Magically Appear

It’s magical because a guaranteed smile will appear.

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Gift of Better Sleep

You’ve heard it in the news. Americans don’t get enough sleep.

thoughtful-gift-more-better-sleepArianna Huffington wrote a whole book about it called “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time.”

She goes so far as to call it a “sleep deprivation crisis” and explains that it negatively affects our health, our job performance, our relationships and even our happiness.

Really, we should all make a New Year’s resolution to get more sleep this year.

That’s why a gift of “Better Sleep” makes a thoughtful gift!

With most people not making the time to get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, encouragement from someone to make sleep a priority would be a much welcomed gift.

“Get More Sleep” Gifts

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Funky, Wacky Inspirational Calendar for Women

Every year for Christmas, my friend, Carol, gives me a Suzy Toronto’s inspirational wall calendar 12’x 12′. It has become my favorite annual gift!

suzy-toronto-2018-crazy-brave-wicked-strong-calendar-thoughtful-gift-ideaSuzy Toronto’s clever-creative-genius words of inspiration for women opens your thoughts to courage, strength, faith, conviction, pride, imagination, ideas, potential, vision, determination, focus… and I could go on and on.

One of my favorite quotes from the 2018 calendar is “Put on some lipstick before almost anything else – as if this would magically give me the strength and will power to tackle any obstacle in my path!”

Oh…this is sooo me!

Each month you read Suzy’s fun, delightful, healthy dose of inspiring words in story form to give the feeling of an “I can attitude” and a smile in your heart! Continue Reading

Couple’s Photo Shoot | One-Size-Fits-All Gift

Most of my friends and I have adult children. The question each year is “What do we give them for Christmas?”

couples-photo-shoot-one-size-fits-all-thoughtful-gift-ideaIt was so much easier to pick out Christmas gifts  when they were small, but as adults it’s difficult to surprise them.

My friend shared her “stroke of genius” idea and came up with a Couple’s Photo Shoot for her grown adult children’s Christmas gift.

We have lots of pictures of our children but not professional grown-up photos of our kids and their spouses other than the wedding photos taken years before.

Even her adult granddaughter and boyfriend will receive a photo session. They will be so surprised!

Moto Photo packages for couples are reasonably priced starting at $55 for a one pose package.

The package consists of an 8×10, two 5×7 and 8 wallets. Gift certificates are also available to give any dollar amount you would like.

JCPenney Portraits and Portrait Innovations are also offering holiday specials.

 

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Namesake Keepsake Ornament

- - Christmas

For me, one of my favorite parts of having children is picking baby names.

namesake-keepsake-ornament-christmas-giftBoy did I have fun with it! Especially with my sons’ middle names.

My oldest son, Aiden, was born in 2012 during the Year of the Dragon so his middle name became Dragen. For my youngest son, Axl, I picked King because dragons and kings always appear together in stories… and it’s just sounds cool!

Keepsake Ornament Christmas Gift

I believe every kid should have their own special ornament on the Christmas tree so for both of my boys I gave them Namesake Keepsake Ornaments.

Hanging on our Christmas tree is a dragon ornament for Aiden and a crown ornament for Axl.

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Small Living Christmas Tree | Caregiver Gift

- - Christmas, Retirement

My co-worker, Marcia, is retiring at the end of December to care for her elderly mother. To celebrate her retirement another co-worker, Linda, gave her a small decorated living Christmas tree.

christmas-tree-care-giver-thougThe past year has been filled with doctor appointments and hospital stays for Marcia’s mother. It left very little time or energy to decorate for the holidays.

Linda’s thoughtful gift brought surprise, joy and the Christmas spirit to both Marcia and her mother for Christmas.

They also loved the idea of planting the tree in their garden when spring arrives.

A living gift to bring cheer all year long!

With our parents aging and life expectancy lengthening, a growing number of Baby Boomers are having to care for and support their parents. It’s the new normal for many. Continue Reading

“Lazy Holder” Mount for Tablets & Smart Phones

Look, life can be stressful and sometimes I just need to escape reality for a while… by watching some Netflix.

I like to close the door to my bedroom, lay on my bed, and binge watch a little.

But sometimes I’m so tired I don’t even want to hold my tablet. Hey, my hands need a break too! So what do I do? “Lazy holder” to the rescue!

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Go Hands Free with a “Lazy Holder”

“Lazy holders” mount tablets and smart phones to any surface thinner than three inches.

Think headboard, nightstand, desk, coffee table, countertop, etc.

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“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” Book

- - Birthday, Christmas, Kids

We must remember the kick ass women who came before us who didn’t take no for an answer and who showed us the greatness that can be achieved when you believe in yourself.

We must tell their stories and inspire the next generation of women to achieve their own greatness.

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The book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls contains 100 true stories of 100 extraordinary women from both the past and present.

The stories are perfect for telling at bedtime because they’ve been creatively written in the fashion of fairy tales.

Bedtime Stories About Female Heroes

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Apple AirPods | Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

It’s so nice to ask a family member what they want for Christmas, and they know exactly what they want!

apple-airpods-bluetooth-wireless-earbuds-earphones-thoughtful-gift-ideaMy son, Braden, is THE IT TECH GUY in our family. Since he also works in IT, he is always experiencing or researching the newest technology.

Thoughtful Techie Gift

His “wish list” was one item–Apple AirPods Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds. 

On the job, Braden likes to listen to music while working on tech stuff (that’s as technical as I can get), and he must be available at all times to take incoming calls.

With a tap of the AirPods, he can switch from listening to music to answering his iPhone. AMAZING! 

AirPods deliver five hours of listening time on one charge, and it has a charging case that holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time. Continue Reading